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THE HOUSE OF THE HANGING DOLLS!

I thought since it is so close to Halloween I would post some pictures taken by my son about seven months ago.  These are his words about this house in the photographs.

“As we were returning from Danville on a rain soaked Sunday afternoon I spotted the ruins of an old farm house on Danville Road just off US 27. I stopped to take a few pictures and wound up finding some of the most macabre imagery I have ever found in a ruin…”
There were vines overtaking the front columns on this deserted house and vines entangled the entrance.  English Ivy was growing into the foyer. 
The dolls were hanging with Christmas tree lights and cords from the ruined chandelier.  A turkey vulture was perched on the roof! 
I can’t believe he was in there taking pictures……..He said the place was really scary and he did not tarry long.
                                                                                                     

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!      You can view a video of this, also.  Just click here.

GOOD MORNING TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Did you know that the “Happy Birthday Song” started out as “Good Morning to You”?  Did you know this song was created by two sisters from Louisville, Kentucky?

Mildred J. Hill, a composer, organist, concert pianist, and musical scholar was teaching at the Louisville Experimental Kindergarten School where her sister, Patty Smith Hill, was principal.  Mildred came up with the melody to what we now know as “Happy Birthday” and Patty added the lyrics.  They created a song for teachers to use to welcome students to class each day.  The song was created in 1893 and called Good Morning To You and went like this:

Good morning to you, Good morning to you, Good morning, dear children, Good Morning to all.

Nobody really knows who changed the words to Happy Birthday to You and put them to the melody of Good Morning to You but the song was being used in all kinds of musicals, on radio, in telegrams and for birthday celebrations.  The Hills were not getting any compensation for the use of the song.  Jessica Hill, another sister, who had copyrighted the song on behalf of her sisters filed suit and secured copyrights to Happy Birthday To You. 

The Clayton Summy Company, working with Jessica Hill, published and copyrighted “Happy Birthday” in 1935.  This copyright will not expire until 2030 but the Company was bought by a New York accountant named John Sengstack in the 1930s and renamed Birch Tree Ltd.  Warner Chappell, purchased Birch Tree in 1998 and is now a part of the giant AOL Time Warner conglomerate.   The song brings in about $2 million a year and the Hill Foundation’s share goes to charity or to a nephew of Patty and Mildred.

So, to all my lovely blogging friends out there the next time you sing Happy Birthday to a friend or relative just remember this little ditty written by two Southern sisters from Kentucky and sung hundreds of millions of times each year is the most recognized song in the English language and has been translated into at least 18 different languages.

JULY IS NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH!

I love ice cream!  Remember that little jingle that went:  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream?  I could eat it three times a day and never get tired of it.  I like it any way you can get it.  Sundaes, cones, shakes, or just in a bowl.  I can’t say enough about ice cream. 

I know where all the cheap ice cream places are.  McDonalds has a great cone for just forty-nine cents and several flavors of sundaes for only $1.00.   Arbys has a great milkshake for $1.00.  Steak and Shake has its shakes half price during the afternoon.  I clip coupons for Kroger ice cream, too!   I love Dairy Queen and Baskin Robbins and go there. 

My mom and dad used to make the best homemade peach and strawberry ice cream.  We had one of those old crank ice cream makers and my sister and I could not wait for it to freeze.

Are you an ice cream freak like me?  I am going to really celebrate this month.  How about you?

MEMORIAL DAY!

Things to remember on Memorial Day…….

It is the
VETERAN,
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the reporter,
 who has given us freedom of the press.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
 
It is
the VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

   
It is
the VETERAN,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the
VETERAN who
salutes the Flag,

It is
the
VETERAN
who serves
under the Flag,

  
  
 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

We can be very
proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
God
Bless them all!!!
 

 

   

MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!

KENTUCKY’S SOUTHERN LIGHTS: A SPECTACULAR SIGHT ON A HOLIDAY NIGHT!

 If you want to see your children’s eyes light up with excitement during the holiday season, visit the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington when it presents the “Southern Lights”. 

Southern Lights is a 3 mile driving tour that serves as the biggest fundraiser for the park.   The displays include lifelike horses streaking across the finish line at Keeneland and Churchill Downs racing courses, thousands of twinkling lights, arches, and southern hospitality and entertainment at its best. 

The Southern Lights tour is open each night from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from November 20 – December 31.

Southern Lights is one of Kentucky’s largest Christmas displays and appeals to every age group.

New figures are added each year for thousands of visitors to this spectacular event. 

Children are amazed to see all the twinkling lights and displays.  It will be the highlight of the season for a child.  Once the driving tour is finished visitors leave their car and enjoy a petting zoo, gift shop, refreshments and a photo and visit with Santa!

So folks, if you are ever in Kentucky during Christmas don’t miss this delightful holiday sight.

The following is a link to the Southern Lights website where you can watch a video showing some of the driving tour:  http://www.southernlightsky.org/media.htm

Hope everyone is enjoying preparing for the holiday season!

REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR

Sixty seven years ago today on December 7, 1941 at 7:55 a.m., Japanese fighter planes dropped the first bomb on Wheeler Field, eight miles from Pearl Harbor.

The surprise attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy led by Commander Mitsuo Fuchida on the Island of O’ahu, Hawaii killed more than 2,300 servicemen and 68 civilians and wounded numerous other Americans.

The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and seven other battleships were damaged or sunk.

There had been no formal declaration of war.

The entire nation was shocked by this attack and the United States declared war on Japan.

Two atomic bombs dropped on the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima brought surrender from Japan on August 14, 1945.

“The Oregonian”, a Portland, Oregon newspaper has been credited with the first use of the phrase “Remember Pearl Harbor” in its’ December 9, 1941 edition.

The song, “Remember Pear Harbor” and the saying became the slogan and battle cry of World War II.

Here are the words to the song:

History – in every century,
records an act that lives forevermore.
We’ll recall – as in to line we fall
the thing that happened on Hawaii’s shore

Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR –
as we go to meet the foe –
Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
As we did the Alamo

We will always remember –
how they died for liberty,
Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
and go on to victory.

Although Pearl Harbor brought unprecedented unity from the American people during World War II, the cost in resources, lives, and sacrifice impacted generations of Americans.

Each year we honor the lives lost in that attack and salute the veterans of World War II.
Presently, we are engaged in a global war on terrorism and must once again unite to preserve our freedom.

Today, let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR, honor our veterans, and the brave men and women serving to advance freedom and peace around the world.

NATIONAL VETERANS AWARENESS WEEK

This Tuesday, November 11, 2008, we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who in defense of our freedom have bravely worn the uniform of the United States. The president has declared November 9 through November 15, 2008, as National Veterans Awareness Week and encourages all Americans to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans through ceremonies and prayers.
Great Britain, France, and other countries celebrate November 11th as Armistice Day to commemorate the ending of World War I on November 11, 1918.

Canada celebrates Remembrance Day on this same date.

The history of the Veterans Day in the United States is as follows:

1919 – President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day to remind Americans of the tragedies of war.
1938 – The day becomes a federal holiday.
1954 – Congress changes the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all United States Veterans.

Today, in the United States, Veterans Day commemorates the courage and patriotism of all the men and women who have served in the United States military.
Veteran’s Day Tribute
by Joanna Fuchs

When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.
They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.
They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends;
Some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.
Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.
We salute each and every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.
So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.

God bless America and our men and women in uniform and their families for all that they have sacrificed for us.